Guess what it is…. RACE WEEK!!!! Wooooohoooo. That means my training is minimal this week and I have some extra hours to fill as I lay on the couch sipping Herbalife24 Hydrate with my MarcPro on and watching Dances With Wolves :) Haha. Just a quick check in on 2016 before my season kicks off this Saturday at one of my favorite races: Oceanside 70.3!
Training has been going well here in Carlsbad, CA. Wattie and I drove down to SoCal from Bend, OR in the first week of February after an incredible, longer-than-usual, off- season :) Mt. Bachelor got hit hard with storms early on, including a week in December that literally saw 10-12inches of fresh pow every single morning. We would wake up, do a quick trainer spin or possibly a quick swim or run and then head straight up to the mountain for the whole day. It was awesome. After the holidays, I started to reign it in a bit with the unhealthy eating and alcohol/dessert intake, and eased into January a little more leisurely than usual. But it was exactly what was needed and now I’m super excited to get racing in 2016.
Partly to get away from the fresh powder and abundance of breweries in Bend, but more so because the Wattie Ink. Factory has a ton of new, cool stuff going on that we needed to work on, Wattie and I decided that we would head south a bit earlier than usual and put in a mini training block here in the Carlsbad area before heading to Tucson, AZ for our usual early season training camp. The weather was so great here that we ended up extending our stay…and then extending it again :) We have now been here for 2 months putting in a very solid training block, as well as making some awesome progress with Wattie Ink., developing a number of new products that we will be launching this year. We’ve also been able to catch up with a number of friends, including RV and Barbi and Brady- thanks as always for letting us crash:)
As much as I miss Bend and everything there, it’s been inspiring being back in my old stomping grounds. The riding and running here is much hillier- short, choppy hills that help build power and strength, which has been perfect for this time of year. We’ve been hitting some of my old favorites- lots of trips up Couser Canyon, Circle R, Lilac, Old Castle, etc. Not to mention everyone’s favorite- Lawrence Welk:) hehe. The new pool here (not so new, but it wasn’t here when Wattie and I lived here 2009-2012) is absolutely amazing. It’s outdoors in the sun, never that crowded, and long course 3 days a week, so it hasn’t been that awful putting in the meters in the water that I’ve been putting in recently:)
Being in SoCal, we were able to be here for the Wattie Ink. camp put on by team manager, Robert Flanigan. It was great to meet some of the new members on the Wattie Ink. team, see some of the veteran members/friends, and it was awesome to get to join them for a few training sessions. This included a ride up Mt. Palomar, a ride that I had never done before! Such a huge thank you to sponsors Lift Creative Studios, Speedfil, and Pioneer for sagging that ride- thank you Shelly and Karla!!! You guys were awesome. And thank you Jake for giving me a wheel to chase the whole ascent.
We were also here and able to join the new Ride Triathlon Team presented by Wattie Ink. at their first team camp in order to meet most of the team members. I’ve since not only made some new friends, but have been able to join some of the members in training, including a really hard bike/run session that I was lucky enough friend Sam Corace agreed to join me on. It was one of the hardest sessions I’ve ever done thanks to Sam pushing it and giving me that carrot to chase.
We capped off four hard training weeks in February with a SoCal local favorite, the Desert Triathlon in Palm Springs. It’s a great local Olympic race that made for a very fun, WINDY weekend and a great chance to dust some of the cobwebs off in a race. Let’s just say my transition should have been caught on video :) Hehe. I’ve since been practicing for this weekend.
After capping my February training with the Desert Triathlon, March meant Oceanside 70.3 was getting closer and the final big block of preparation. Fortunately, Wattie and I were able to convince our great friends and training partners Chris Bagg and Amy “VT” VanTassel to join us in Carlsbad instead of the usual Tucson locale for our early season camp. We had a really solid 3 weeks of training- a huge thanks to both for pushing me in sessions, keeping training fun, and for the awesome meals:) Yes, the final week we had an intense Top Chef competition each night for which we have yet to pick a winner though! Bagg and VT just departed a day ago to return to the Pacific Northwest and we are missing them already!
And now it’s race week! I’m feeling fit and excited and nervous as ever and it’s only Tuesday! Just trying to cage the beast:) Hoping everyone has had a great start to 2016 and best of luck to everyone who is toeing the line this Saturday at Oceanside, or anywhere else around the world! Have fun!!!! I will see you out there!
Thanks for reading - HJ